Navy Compensates Those Affected by Va. Jet Crash

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The U.S. Navy will begin compensating residents affected by a Virginia Beach, Va., jet crash being called an "amazing miracle" because no one was killed.

The F/A-18D Hornet  suffered a massive mechanical failure during a test run April 6, eventually crashing into the Mayfair Mews apartment complex.

Both pilots ejected from the aircraft, and there were no fatalities on the ground -- although several apartment units were completely destroyed.

Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms called the event a "Good Friday miracle," and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell added that it was an "act of divine providence" that no one died.

The disaster could have been fare worse, but the pilots dumped thousands of pounds of fuel to avoid a big explosion upon impact.
One former pilot, who is now an aviation attorney, said this type of crash is extremely rare. He also said no one being killed is "about as close as you can get to a miracle."

Initial payments for those with damages as a result of the crash will start at $2,300 for an individual resident, and increase for residents with families.

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